What does it mean to confess God as triune? What difference does this make to understanding the world as God’s creature, to salvation as the healing of all things, and to talking about human purpose within God’s who makes creatures flourish together? How does faithful thinking function when there has been a variety of Christian perspectives on each of these issues?
The unit encourages the development of skills in Christian thinking and believing, and it will facilitate those through the understanding of key doctrinal issues and questions in the Christian faith in critical study of many of the traditions’ most significant theologians. The unit will enable Patristic sources to be brought into theological conversation with modern theological work.

Unit code: CT8610A

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Understand and critically assess some the most significant questions raised by theological traditions


Critically analyse the fundamental ideas, positions and arguments of the thinkers studied in the unit


Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major arguments of the thinkers and texts presented in the unit


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationships between theological thinking and the shaping of lives


Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.

Unit sequence

no prerequisites


lectures and tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

Popular Patristics Series (NY: SVS Press).

Lewis Ayres, Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004).

Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, trans. Grover Foley (London and Glasgow: Collins, 1963).

John Behr, The Formation of Christian Theology, Volumes 1 & 2: The Way to Nicaea (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2001 & 2004).

William T. Cavanaugh and Peter Manley Scott, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, 2nd edn. (Hoboken and Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2019).

Daniel B. Clendenin, Eastern Orthodox Theology: A Western Perspective, 2nd edn. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003).

Grace M. Jantzen, Becoming Divine (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999).
J.N.D. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines, 5th edn. (London: A&C Black, 1977).

Vladimir Lossky, In the Image and Likeness of God, trans. John H. Erickson and Thomas E. Bird (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1974).

Vladimir Lossky, Orthodox Theology: An Introduction (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1978).

Morwenna Ludlow and Scot Douglass (eds.), Reading the Church Fathers (London and New York: T&T Clark, 2011).

Daniel Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, 3rd edn. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2014).

Christopher Morse, Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Disbelief (Harrisburg: Trinity Press International, 1994).

Aidan Nichols, Light from the East: Authors and Themes in Orthodox Theology (London and New York: Continuum, 1999).

Kathryn Tanner, Christ the Key (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Rowan Williams, On Christian Theology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010).


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 2000 35.0
Essay 5000 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 26 Jul, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-27 09:58:52 +1000